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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:59 pm

I know there are a few UP students going up Thursday. If any of you are on Pilot Nation, the following was posted on the Timbers board tonight. Matches in Seattle are fun but the rivalry is intense, so please read the following as it's important. I highlighted some important points.
ARRIVAL: The TA bus delegation will have parking in the Northeast section of the parking lot. (We have been told that bus parking fees will be $40 each.) The TA will enter the stadium through the NE gates of Qwest Field; Portland fans will be the only fans allowed entry via that gate. Fans carpooling to the game should make their way to the NE gates for entry into the stadium with the bus contingent of traveling TA.
Qwest Field gates open at 5 p.m. The club asks that Portland fans arrive at the stadium gates between 5 and 5:30. Kickoff is at 6:03. Once the buses arrive at the stadium, the TA as a group will be escorted to its section.
Up until 5:30, TA arriving after the big group has already been escorted will also escorted to the TA section. All TA and Timbers fans arriving after 5:30 p.m. will need to enter the stadium through other gates.
Supporters groups for Seattle will enter the stadium through different gates and be led on different routes to their seating sections.

CHECKING IN: Qwest Field security will be checking all bags, banners and flags. Those with flags and banners deemed inadmissible are to be given time to return them to the bus or car. We asked for some specifics on what might not be permitted. Their expectation is for “positive signs that support Portland.”

Smoke bombs, flares and fireworks are prohibited at Qwest.

SEATING: Portland fans will be seated in the North End of the stadium, at field level beneath the triangular “Hawks Nest” grandstands. The Sounders intend this to be segregated seating for all Portland supporters. Seating will be general admission; there will be 1,100 seats available.
The north end zone section is reserved for the TA. At this point, the Sounders expect that two-thirds of the concession stands within the stadium will be open for the event; a concession stand near the TA’s section will be open. There will be rail space available for banners.
The Sounders’ music group – the Sound Wave – which normally sits in the north end has been moved to a sideline section for this match. As of Friday morning, the Seattle FO reported that 12,000 tickets had been distributed for the match.

EXITING: Security personnel will hold the Portland sections in place for 15 minutes following the match, and then lead the TA back through the NE gates and into the parking lot.

SECURITY PRESENCE: Security people will be stationed around the booster section to try and keep opposing fans out. They will also be scanning for signs of problems.
At this point, we asked that the security people give us time to police ourselves. Marc Kostic from the front office told the Seattle group that we have had a lot of success in handling issues internally.
After some discussion, we agreed that our group would designate two or three contact people, and that Seattle security would try to work through TA leadership.

And for those of you who don't know, segregation procedures like these are pretty much the norm at matches the world over. I actually love that Portland and Seattle worked this out.

Honestly, use common sense and watch out for each other and you'll be fine.

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Re: Going to Timbers-Sounders on March 11th? Read this...

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:59 am

In most of the world where they have fan issues, the Home team fans are locked in the stadium for 1/2 hour after the game until the visiting fans have left the stadium, and in some place in S. America, the two sides are also limited to exiting opposite ends of the Stadium into separate neighborhoods and to separate trains/busses, with Police cordons maintaining the separation.

Do you think we are there yet? Razz

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Post by PilotDrummer on Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:16 pm

Almost forgot about this match. Please tell me it's on TV.

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Re: Going to Timbers-Sounders on March 11th? Read this...

Post by VillaGorilla on Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:30 pm

Seattle 0-1 Portland Full Time. I was able to catch stoppage time on the radio. From what it sounds like, the Flounders just dominated the game in terms of possession, though they could not get any good scoring chances and did not test Cronin. Timbers scored in the 44th minute - goal by trialist Obatola off an assist from Pore.


Last edited by VillaGorilla on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:08 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : miscredit on the assist)

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Post by up7587 on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:29 pm

Who won the rioting? Laughing

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:29 am

Nobody rioted. And that's the way the TA wanted it. Qwest staff were exponentially better than last year. The only issues I know of were people trying to get into the section that was set aside for the TA.

This was the first time the Timbers had won in Seattle in forever. Seattle did have a lot of the ball but our back line was stellar. Our new left back Ian Joy is the real deal. Futty was great as well. (That's Danso's nickname, and what he wears on his shirt now.) Steve Cronin was the man as always.

Last night was even better than watching the Pilots win the Cup in 2002 because I was there. Being cold and wet only made it better.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:26 pm

Haha and the sounders anemic offense dating back since last June woefully continues... I think that's about the time people figured out Jaqua is horrific in the air, Ljuenberg (I really don't care enough to find the right spelling) won't get fouls called on him, and Montero's game is shut down by a slight breeze of contact...

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